Risotto With Smoked Gouda, Parmesan & Cranberries

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Are you looking for a fabulous recipe that is delicious enough to star as a focal dish for those who are trying to reduce their meat consumption…but is also elegant enough to serve as a side on your holiday menu? Then you will love Risotto With Smoked Gouda, Parmesan & Cranberries – adapted from my new FREE Gooseberry Patch Fall Favorites Cookbook!

Risotto means rice, cooked with broth and sprinkled with cheese. Many wonderful variations of this dish exist, but the common element is the key ingredient, Arborio Rice – a short-grained, specialty Italian rice that is named for the town in which it was originally grown. Today, Arborio Rice is also grown in California and Texas.

There are two unique characteristics that make Arborio Rice the rice of choice for Risotto. First, Arborio Rice retains more of its natural starch content than long-grained rice because it undergoes less milling. Cooking releases its starch, giving Risotto a creamy consistency. Second, its unique core gives it an al dente – slightly firm to the bite – consistency when cooked. A pound of Arborio Rice can absorb up to 6 cups of liquid without becoming mushy.

In this recipe, the smoky flavor of the Gouda Cheese and the sweetness of the Cranberries combine with the Arborio Rice for a creamy, comforting, colorful delight! We have made it twice since discovering it and plan on serving it as a side dish this Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does!



1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
¼ Cup Onion, Finely Diced
1 Cup Arborio Rice, Uncooked
¼ Cup Dry White Wine
1 ¾ Cup Chicken Broth
½ Cup Cranberries
½ Cup Smoked Gouda Cheese, Shredded
¼ Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
A Dash Of Pepper



1. In a heavy medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.
2. Sauté the onion until soft, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add the Arborio rice; stir until well coated with oil.
4. Add ¼ cup white wine; simmer until the liquid evaporates.
5. Stir in 1 ¾ cups of chicken broth and add a dash of pepper. Bring to a simmer.
6. Reduce the heat. Cover and cook for 18 to 20 minutes, until most of the broth is absorbed.
7. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the dried fruit and cheeses.
8. Let stand partially covered for 5 minutes.

Serve hot. Makes 4 servings.

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51 Responses to “Risotto With Smoked Gouda, Parmesan & Cranberries”

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  1. Jill says:

    This post is so informative. I would love for you to come
    share it at FAT TUESDAY. I hope you will
    put FAT TUESDAY on your list of carnivals to visit
    and link to each week!

  2. This sounds great! The Cranberries are a great addition. 🙂

  3. Leila says:

    That looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    I am a new follower from the Alexa blog hop! gotomommy.blogspot.com

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  5. Nali says:

    Thanks for sharing! I love risotto, but I’ve been so scared to make it. Maybe one day…

    xoxo, Nali

  6. Mmm… sounds good!
    Thanks for the recipe, must try this one of these days.

    Btw, thanks so much for your lovely comment.
    I’m already a follower of you via GFC. Please follow me back if you haven’t.


  7. Mmmm that looks so good. I love putting cranberries in my cous cous. This looks wonderful also. I will have to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  8. This looks incredibly yummy!

    Thanks for linking up with Stumble Tumble Tuesday. I’ve stumbled your post. Please consider stumbling mine back

  9. I’m not a cheese person, but everyone else in my family is. They’d love this.

    Stumbling 🙂

  10. Susan says:

    What a great recipe. Thanks!

    Susan and Bentley

  11. Anna-Marie says:

    Cranberries make everything taste better:) Thanks for sharing on the NOBH

  12. Jill says:

    Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. Hope to see you next week!

  13. Michelle says:

    Yum! I am now following you from the Blog Hop. I would love if you would follow me back.

  14. Cara R. says:

    I just reviewed your site for the Alexa Mania blog hop. I hope you can return the favor. Also, the Block Party Hop theme for this week is Alexa. Please stop by and link up! 🙂

  15. April says:

    This sounds fantastic! I love the richness and creaminess of risotto and our family LOVES smoked gouda. Thanks for posting and for stopping by my recipe blog/Twitter today. I’m now following you here.

    April@Party of Five (http://www.westerhold.blogspot.com) and
    Meals For Real (http://www.mealsforreal.blogspot.com)

  16. Looks and sounds like a very delicious recipe! I think I could smell it as I was reading your post. No really! I smelled it! I love cooking, posting recipes, reading recipes, looking at pictures of food, eating food and touching food LOL I loved your post!

  17. This sounds so good! I’d have to leave out the cranberries for my hubby, but otherwise I think he’d love it.

    I stumbled from Stumble Tumble Tuesday. Here’s my link if you’d be so kind: http://502shoppingforsavings.blogspot.com/2011/09/tasty-tuesday-banana-nut-crunch-muffins.html


  18. oooo, I think my picky son would really like this one! Stopping by to say hello from the Whimsical Wednesday hop.

  19. I thought I commented on this scrumptious sounding recipe. I am soooo going to try this!

  20. This looks delicious! Hopping along….still on Sunday’s hops! LOL…

  21. Jodi Hall says:

    Sounds yum!

  22. Jill says:

    That looks great! Thanks for the recipe.

    ….and I just stumbled your post 🙂


  23. T.L. Ryder says:

    My family loves risotto of all kinds. We must try this!

  24. That was so informative! I have never cooked risotto, though I have cooked a lot of rice. I didn’t know what the difference was until I read your post. I knew it was actually rice but ….well, you know what I mean. This was another great post and I bet it is popular too.

  25. Oh boy–what delicious flavor combinations! Thanks for the recipe!

  26. Donald says:

    With cranberries? Yum, that must be really delicious. I have stumbled You, please stumble my post too: cats with laptops

  27. HilLesha says:

    Looks delicious! Dropping by from the Alexa Hop. 🙂

    http://www.tothemotherhood.com and

  28. YUMM !! The flavors in this dish look stunning! Thanks for linking up to Friday Potluck, Ramona. 🙂

  29. Emily says:

    Looks delish! Visiting from the Alexa Hop.

  30. KB and Whitesnake says:

    Looks delish.

    We’d love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  31. Yum! I love Risotto! And, Gouda is one of my favorite cheeses!

    I stumbled your post and would love a stumble back .

    Jamie @ http://www.mamamommymom.com

  32. April@The 21st Century Housewife
    Twitter: apriljharris

    What an interesting combination of flavours – I love the smoky/sweet/tart thing going on in your risotto. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  33. Run DMT says:

    I love risotto. Gouda and cranberries sound like an interesting combination.

    Feel free to link up this recipe over at our Friday Food Fight too. 😉


  34. Lindsay says:

    Can’t wait to try this – it looks and sounds amazing!!

  35. Miz Helen says:

    We just love a great Risotto and your recipe with Smoked Gouda and Parmesan looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  36. Kim McCallie says:

    This looks rich and delicious! Such a hearty dish, perfect for a fall dinner. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  37. NYOA says:

    Gorgeous risotto! Seriously, this is perfect! Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday!
    Not Your Ordinary Recipes

  38. Elsa says:

    Ok, this amazing recipe has been pinned. I must try this! Yum!

  39. Michelle says:

    Wow, this looks amazing! I have never tried risotto but I would love to try this one. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  40. Diane Balch says:

    I love the contrast of the cranberries with the smoked gouda. Please share this recipe today on foodie friday.

  41. I love risotto, and this sounds like a delicious variant 🙂 (Though as a veggie I’d make it with vegetable stock rather than chicken, of course!)

  42. Miz Helen says:

    Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  43. Lucy Valdez says:

    Sounds delish! I love that I can adapt this to a vegetarian version by switching the chicken broth to vegetable broth and making it work for my lifestyle!

  44. Cranberries are such a yummy addition to this. Risotta is my fav!

  45. Your Risotto With Smoked Gouda, Parmesan & Cranberries is such a delectable treat. Thank you for sharing your healthy and delicious recipe with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing.

  46. olga hassler says:

    i could not print the recipel could you e mail the recipe


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